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S. Korea's presence in Chinese market declining: report

All News 14:11 February 18, 2020

SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's market share in China has been on the decline for years, data showed Tuesday, amid increased competition and a decline in its product competitiveness.

South Korean companies accounted for 8.5 percent in the import market in the world's most populous country in 2019, down from 10.4 percent in 2015, the Federation of Korean Industries said, citing Comtrade, a U.N. database.

American companies saw their shares in China's import market fall to 6 percent in 2019, down from 8.9 percent in 2015, the data showed.

This undated file photo shows containers carrying export goods in the southeastern port city of Busan. (Yonhap)

This undated file photo shows containers carrying export goods in the southeastern port city of Busan. (Yonhap)

The market shares of Japan and Germany also fell to 8.3 percent and 5.1 percent, respectively, from 8.5 percent and 5.2 percent during the cited period.

The decline came as China provided support to Chinese companies to help them strengthen competitiveness.

South Korean companies' market share in China could fall further as an interim trade deal between Washington and Beijing would increase U.S. access to the Chinese market.

In January, the United States and China signed the phase-one trade deal.

Under the deal, China will purchase US$200 billion worth of additional U.S. products through 2021, while the U.S. will not implement further tariffs on its counterpart's products and ease existing barriers as well.

In January, the Korea International Trade Association said in its report that South Korea's outbound shipments of manufactured goods may face a tumble as the U.S. goods may replace its products in the Chinese market.

Exports to China -- South Korea's largest trading partner -- slipped 10.5 percent in January from a year earlier to $9.69 billion, due mainly to the decrease in shipments of machinery, along with the Chinese Lunar New Year's holiday.


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